“And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.”
2 Corinthians 1:7 NIV
Friday is always an exciting day in our office. It means a break is coming. Most have big plans for the weekend. It’s a time for friends, family and fun that leads to new beginnings as Monday rolls in.
Over the past few months at work I have had the opportunity to write stories about local businesses for both local newspapers. It’s a way to promote businesses in a small town. I love writing, so I was excited about the opportunity from the very beginning, but knew that it would be additional work for which I would be responsible. In other words, I have the same amount of work plus this new assignment. Yet, I have not once hated or dreaded working extra late or early. You might wonder why. The reason is, I have been given a gift to see people in a different light. An hour of talking with someone who would normally visit my office for an unwanted permit has changed me as a person.
I ensure every article is positive, which hasn’t been a problem at all. After two to three months of publishing three or more articles a week, I have something to share. Everyone has a heartfelt story. Most keep them hidden away for fear of pain or maybe embarrassment. My hope for humanity has been restored in ways you cannot even imagine. However, I want to encourage you to be vulnerable and share your stories with others. It will change the world. Also, it allows others to receive their blessings by helping you.
I sat in my office a couple of months ago and listened to a young business owner tell me how satan had come into his life while he was attending a university. He held a gun to his head and pulled the trigger. I’m so blessed that he survived. I sat and cried with him as he revealed his story of how God turned his life around and how promising his future has become. I interviewed a couple who had recently lost an adult child. I spoke with two ladies that God brought together as business partners to help autistic children, and one lady who added to her husband’s business, while he was out-of-town, a ladies boutique called “Mustard Seed” because of her faith in God. I interviewed a lady who went out on her own and opened a business to make others feel better about themselves, and a lady operating her business while caring for two aging parents. That’s just a few of the many touching stories.
Your story is important too, and will help others. Take time to share it. Also, take time to listen. Really listen to the stories behind the faces. I promise your blessings will be great! God bless you.